Berkshire Museum's Art Sale Heads To Mass. Supreme Judicial Court

Mar 20, 2018

The Berkshire Museum's proposal to sell part of its art collection will go before a single justice of the Massachusetts high court Tuesday.

The Supreme Judicial Court is holding a hearing to look at a deal reached in February between the museum and state attorney general's office.

It would allow for up to 40 pieces of art, including two paintings by Norman Rockwell, to be sold in order to fund renovations at the Berkshire Museum and boss its endowment.

The museum says the proceeds, estimated at up to $55 million, are needed to stay open. Some opponents question that notion, and say the art is a public resource that shouldn't be sold.

This is the second time the case has gone before a judge, with the museum scoring a legal victory in a lower court last year.

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